Peter Dunn AO
Peter has extensive personal and professional knowledge of transition and working in complex international postings.
After completing a highly successful career of more than 35 years in the Australian Army, Peter reached the level of Major General. He has lived and operated overseas in numerous cultural environments and has recently worked in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. He is currently working on a major national capacity development project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Peter was the Director of Learning for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) (now DFAT) Australian Civilian Corps (ACC) Foundation Training Programme, where he directed the preparation of over 500 participants for overseas capacity development projects. He has high-level experience in the wider Australian public sector and has been the CEO of a Statutory Authority. He also has experience in the private sector as a CEO. Peter has been a member of numerous Boards of Directors in the public and private sectors. His achievements were recognised by his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1986 and again as an Officer of the Order in 1999.
Peter has designed and delivered a series of pre-deployment training programmes for former AusAID staff posted to overseas posts. These programmes covered all aspects of individual capacity building and were designed to better prepare former AusAID staff for the difficult assignments they had accepted overseas in developing countries. Peter has also designed and facilitated programmes for the development of the Australian Civilian Corps in preparation for short notice deployment overseas to assist in organisational and community capacity building after conflict or major natural disasters.
Peter has designed and led the implementation of the change management required to create the Defence Personnel Executive. After an extended period where he successfully led the new Defence Personnel Executive, Peter was tasked to be the Change Manager for the creation of the new Defence Materiel Organisation.
Peter’s qualifications include a Master of Defence Studies, University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), Deakin University, Diploma, US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.